Ajax must win now

2016-01-14 06:00
 Striker Nathan Paulse is expected to do more.

Striker Nathan Paulse is expected to do more.

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Ajax Cape Town are hoping to shrug off a cup curse as they take an eight-match winless streak, since success in the MTN8 final in September, into Wednesday’s catch-up game in the Absa Premiership against Lamontville Golden Arrows.

Just like Moroka Swallows, who won the same cup competition in 2010 but then flopped in the league and drew five and lost the other eight of their first 13 games, Ajax seemed to still be suffering from a hangover after beating Kaizer Chiefs to win the R8-million purse.

“We were fortunate to get this point,” said coach Roger de Sa candidly after Friday’s 2-2 tie with Bloemfontein Celtic and with Ajax now facing three successive away games against Golden Arrows, Jomo Cosmos and Chippa United.

“There were too many unforced errors. We didn’t create too many chances. I can’t remember us actually forcing Celtic’s goalkeeper into a save and we couldn’t handle their speed.

“But there were a couple of positive things. We fought hard and there was a bit of an improvement from our last. Playing Nathan Paulse and Prince Nxumalo together in attack is also something we can look to in the future.”

Paulse came on as a late substitute to bolster the attack which started with just Nxumalo as a lone attacker. Paulse’s last gasp penalty snared a point for Ajax.

“The other good thing is that we got two goals. We haven’t scored more than one goal in a game for a while now,” added De Sa.

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